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Briefings on Hospital Safety, August 2018

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August 1, 2018

Editor's Note: Click the PDF button above for a full edition of the August 2018 edition of Briefings on Hospital Safety.

Chicago hospital uses hospitalwide huddles to reduce catheter infection rate

Prevention of catheter-associated urinary tract infections is a challenge, but it can be done. In just two years, Saint Anthony Hospital in Chicagoc cut its HAI rate by 90% and saving itself $498,000. The hospital even won the Illinois Health and Hospital Association’s “Innovation Challenge: Partners in Progress Award.”

Failure to comply with RCRA while disposing of waste could prove costly

Developed by the EPA and passed into law in 1976, RCRA was created, McFarlane said, to protect human health and the environment by stopping open dumping and preventing hazardous waste from being buried in landfills and seeping into groundwater. Also aiming to eliminate waste, RCRA ushered in the “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” era.

Battle over? AORN expects to change recommendations for OR headwear

Ever since AORN officially recommended that bouffant hats be worn in the OR by all surgical team members, there has been a back-and-forth of testy statements and unsatisfying studies. But after participating in a task force that met to discuss recommendations for OR attire, specifically ear and hair covering, AORN expects to make changes to its Guideline for Surgical Attire in 2019.

Supplies, critical system locations are key concerns when floodwaters rise

Consider prepositioning food and medical items needed for potential resupply in an emergency closer to your hospital and review the physical location of critical equipment and systems to ensure their continued operation in a devastating natural disaster, like Hurricane Harvey and the flooding that hit Houston.




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